One might assume that the original title of this French production was C'est La Vie. Wrong: the film was initially released as La Baule-les-Pins, then distributed to English speaking countries under a more "understandable" French cognomen. The film is set during a deceptively idyllic summer. Two young girls are fascinated bystanders as their parents' marriage dissolves and their mother takes up with a younger man. What might have been material for tear-stained drama in an American film is treated with perceptive humor in C'est La Vie. Director Diane Kurys cowrote the screenplay with Alain Le Henry. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Charming story. 1950's family from Lyon, France takes their annual summer vacation at the beach. It's a bittersweet period piece with lots of innocent fun at the beach among the under-14 yr old set.
Undercurrent story is that mama et papa are fighting like cats n dogs, and mom is having an affair. The oldest, 13-yr old Frederique, is wise to the stress and dramatically confronts mom n dad during one of their knock down, drag out fights.
Fredrerique tries to shield younger Sophie from the stress. In the end, the divorce happens. Mom moves to Paris with the 2 girls and dad gets what dads always get: the bills.
This film is completely retro to the 1950's, in France. The struggles of a young girl dealing with the onset of puberty, and the group of demi-outcasts that she runs with. The kids are kids, probably to many forgettable anecdotes about them, and the parents are pretty rotten. Mom is self centeredly dealing with her fling, and is ready to move to America, Dad is a powder keg ready to explode and quickly shows why Mom wants to leave him. I thought it was pretty tame.